AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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so he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe and fit glasses to correct vision problems, and some are even involved in scientific research related to the causes of and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says there are subspecialty areas within the occupation, such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, that require additional in-depth training.


Opticians and ophthalmolo-gists often work together to meet a patient’s eye care and eyewear needs. Whether you choose to schedule an appointment with an optician or an ophthalmologist, it is important to prepare for your eye exam. The eye care professional will probably ask you about your per- sonal and family health history. Be ready to talk about any vision trou- bles you’re having. Diseases that affect your vision are often hard to detect at first, so don’t skip hav- ing regular vision exams. Prevent Blindness America recommends if you are between ages 20 and 39 years and African American, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. If you are between those ages and Caucasian, have a complete eye exam every three to five years. If you are between ages 40 and 64 years, regardless of race, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. Individuals

Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers nationwide don’t know the difference between the two professions.


An optician is a specialist who fits glasses and makes lenses to correct vision problems, using prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians cannot test vision or write prescriptions on their own. The Opticians Association of America says opticians can dispense colored and specialty lenses for particular needs, as well as low-vision aids and artificial eyes. The optician can help you select frames and lenses. The job outlook for opticians is good, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicted employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growth in the senior population contributes to an increased need for eye care.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has expertise in everything related to eye care, such as diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus says an ophthalmologist has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training,

OPTICIANS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Individuals over age 65 years should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Prevent Blindness America also says people with risks such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, or family history of glaucoma may need more frequent eye exams.


Prevention is always the best medicine. The National Eye Institute recommends taking preventive measures to save your sight. These include wearing protective eyewear and quitting smoking or not starting. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside. At work, give your eyes a break from the computer every 20 minutes to prevent eye strain and practice workplace eye safety. Clean your contact lenses properly.